'Parks and Recreation' Season 2, Episode 17 - 'Woman of the Year' Recap


Is it me, or does it seem oddly fitting that Pawnee would name Ron Swanson Woman of the Year? Everybody was at their best in this week's episode: Leslie was rightly pissed that Ron was recognized for work she had done herself, Ron was rightly making fun of Leslie for caring too much about meaningless awards, and Tom was rightly trying to be Pawnee's version of P Diddy-- as he should be.


Speaking of Tom, I have to say I was really surprised by where that storyline went, and didn't go. I thought for sure we were going to get to see his hot (ex) wife again, as he was going to try to figure out a way to get alimony from her to invest in the club, since she's a rich doctor and totally used him for citizenship and broke his heart. I also figured that the whole thing was a scam, and it looks like I was wrong on both counts.


The resolution of this storyline is the only thing about this episode that I didn't love. It started off strong, but kind of went nowhere. We learned that Tom has a douchey friend, but what kind of surprise is that? The end, with Donna refusing to give Tom $1000, but somehow having $30,000 lying around with which she buys three shares is just completely nonsensical. Did she invent Pawnee? Because, dude. You can literally buy a single-family home in Indianapolis, home of the famed Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts, for $30,000. There's no way Donna makes more than that in an entire year, yet she just dropped it on shares of a random club? Come on.


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